Chewing Gum: Your Dental Ally or Foe?

SONY DSCChewing gum is a favourite not only amongst kids but adults too like to chew that gristly, sugary confection.

But did you know your childhood favourite affects your dental health?

And it’s not just type of gum you chew but how often and how long you keep it in your mouth that concerns your oral health.

So, what are the common types of chewing gum?

While you can chewing gums in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes in the market, there are no standard types.

Chewing gums are prepared with different types of flavouring, food colouring and sweeteners and hence is mainly differentiated by their flavourers and sweetness. Some of the common kinds include bubble gum, sugar-free gum, centre-filled gum and stick gum.

Should you avoid them all?

Chewing gums can have a negative impact on your gums, teeth and overall oral health. It’s mostly the fill-forming varieties (bubble gums) that promote the formation of cavities in your mouth.

These gums are sweetened with sugar and tend to react with bacteria in dental plaque producing acids that erode the enamel. So, if you want to keep your teeth ale and hearty, it would help to say no to sugary gums.

Chewing doesn’t bother your teeth though!

Yes. While those sugar-filled gums that taste good can actually wreak havoc on your oral health, the act of chewing itself is beneficial for your teeth and dental well-being.

Chewing increases the production and flow of saliva in your mouth thereby neutralising the acids around your teeth and gums that cause tooth decay.

That is why sugar-free gum which is flavoured with artificial sweeteners to promote the flow of saliva is recommended by doctors.

With no sugar to feed on, the bacteria in your mouth will produce less amount of acid while the increased saliva flow helps wash away the food particles in your teeth.

To Sum Up

Sugary gums can be harmful for your dental health. So, if you have been chewing too much sugary gum for a long time, you might be at risk for dental cavity or tooth decay.

Visit a dental clinic today to avoid permanent dental damage. Also, it is advisable to find an emergency dentist in Sydney who can provide immediate oral care in case of an emergency.


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